Haunted Mansion Prints!

Hey everyone! I hope you are all having a fantastic weekend!

Ryan just finished and released a new Haunted Mansion print, available on the 'Shop' page - he is doing a timed edition of the print, which will be available until Thursday, November 17th at midnight PST. Prints will be ordered after the timed edition ends, and after receiving them Ryan will be signing and numbering all of them before we send them out to you!

Prints are 18x24, on matte paper. 

We are also considering ordering the design as shirts - if that is something you would be interested in, let us know in the comments!

Be Our Guest

This week the 25th anniversary edition of Beauty and the Beast came out, and it has since been on a constant replay at my house. I've also done numerous dance renditions of Be Our Guest - and I might have a growing bruise on my leg to prove it.

To celebrate the release, here is some great Beauty and the Beast stuff that is available now! First, of course, is the movie itself, available for purchase on Amazon-

Beauty and the Beast: 25th Anniversary Edition - (BD+DVD+DIGITAL HD) [Blu-ray]
Starring Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Richard White, Jerry Orbach, David Ogden Stiers

 

At Hot Topic, you can find some cute jewelry inspired by the rose and stained glass featured in the movie, such as these earrings. Click any of the images in this post to be taken to them!

 

 

At Him and Gem, a great Etsy store, they have this and some other great Beauty and the Beast shirts. I love the sweater option for fall, but they also have designs available on tanks or t-shirts, and you can choose to ‘glitter’ the design!

 

Finally, you can never go wrong with a Disney mug, especially with cooler weather around the corner! This Art of Belle mug can give you a bit of magic with your morning coffee (or your mid-morning cup, afternoon cup, late afternoon cup, evening cup... okay maybe I have a caffeine problem).

 

What are you favorite Beauty and the Beast products? Feel free to leave them in the comments below!

 

Animation Studios Trip

It is officially mid-September, and it is getting hard to contain my excitement. Not only does September mean fall is on its way (I can’t wait for weather below 100 degrees), it also means that this month is the trip I have been waiting for.

For those that know me, they know I’m a huge Disney fan – from home décor to travel, Disney plays a large part in my husband and I’s lives. As a result, it has always been a dream of mine to tour the Walt Disney Animation Studios… and this month I will finally get to do just that! This trip has been years and many Disney movie purchases in the making, but after surrendering a whole lot of points to Disney Movie Club, and clipping out a lot of Proof of Purchase tabs, we were able to claim the ultimate prize – a private tour for 8 people at the Walt Disney Animation Studios.

After I cried tears of joy and ran around my house like an overexcited Chihuahua for a few days, it came time to plan our trip. Originally we were just going to drive up, stay at a cheap hotel nearby, take the tour, and drive back… with some Chick-fil-a stops thrown in, of course. After thinking about it though, we changed our minds. This opportunity isn’t one that comes around often, and so we decided that this trip needs to have a little more Disney going on. So the random hotel near the studio was tossed, and instead we booked a room at the Disneyland Hotel. Now, we go to Disneyland pretty often – but my husband and I have never stayed on property, so we are pretty pumped about that! A few text messages later, and everyone in our tour group agrees to go the Mickey’s Halloween Party, and we make a reservation for Goofy’s Kitchen the night that we are getting to the hotel. So the plan is to drive up Thursday, do Goofy’s Kitchen for dinner that night, go to the Animation Studios and the Halloween Party the next day, and then come home Saturday.

Of course, then they announce the Late Check-Out for Tower of Terror – so we booked a room at Carousel Inn and Suites for Saturday night, and are now going to the parks on Saturday and coming home Sunday. We are actually excited about this for a couple of reasons – extra time in the parks, getting to experience Tower of Terror before it changes, and our hotel. We have stayed at Carousel numerous times in the past, mostly because we are a bit lazy and like being directly across the street so mid-day naptime can be a thing. Recently we found out the hotel is closing to make way for a new parking structure for Disneyland – and we were a bit bummed. While more parking will be great, we loved our stays at Carousel, and we especially love eating at Pizza Press, a quick made-to-order pizza place located at the hotel. This will give us a chance to stay here one last time and eat at Pizza Press at least once a couple of times before they close. We also love the rooftop pool at Carousel - it is a great way to watch the fireworks on the nights you aren't in the parks to see them!

 

Ryan snuck a photo of me watching the fireworks from the roof at Carousel on one of our trips last winter.

Ryan snuck a photo of me watching the fireworks from the roof at Carousel on one of our trips last winter.

As you can see, I have a problem with limiting my Disney experiences - it seems like there is always a new reason to visit the parks!

The trip is still a couple of weeks away, but I’m hoping it will be here before I can say “Mickey Bar”. Expect plenty of photos on Instagram while we are on the trip, and lots of reviews when we get back!

What are your top ‘wish list’ experiences at Disney? I know I still have plenty!